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By providing a platform for the sharing of information, resources, communication and experiences of those living their final days fully, the vision of Life Matters Media is to create a community for ones facing the end of life and for those that care for them. Ultimately, we seek to foster a greater understanding of the capacity that end of life decisions have to nurture the human spirit.

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President’s Report

Dear Friends,

A busy summer is making way for an equally busy Fall. We are pleased to share news that our work within Chicago’s senior centers will be highlighted at the Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium October 24-25th in Boston. “Advance Care Planning among Seniors of a Diverse City” will be among those projects being noted for significant research and novel approaches to issues within end of life care.

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One week prior, we’ll be in San Diego at the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Annual Meeting to present similar research: “Disparities and Barriers in Advance Care Planning: a City-Wide Analysis of Chicago Seniors.” There, Mary and I, along with LMM bioethics contributor Craig Klugman will also make an oral presentation: “Driving New Media to Drive Advance Care Planning.” We are thrilled to share our online successes with those engaged in similar work nationwide.

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We will be beginning another set of visits to the city’s senior centers this Fall, and we are expanding our work into local theater. The Time of Your Life Players will be performing the new musical comedy “Bud’s Cafe Redux” at Stage 773 beginning October 22nd. This production, with end of life issues at its core, will be followed by a Life Matters Media conversation about the advance care planning process at each performance on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays through November 22nd.

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Please visit timeofyourlifeplayers.com for more information.

Responding to audience feedback, we are working to plan a religious forum centered on end of life decision-making this Fall. If you would be interested in participating or know someone who would make a great panelist, please email me at randi@lifemattersmedia.org


Warmly,

Randi Belisomo
President and Co-Founder

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Life Matters Media’s Mission

Life Matters Media aims to be the premiere provider of information, resources and support for all involved in end of life decision-making. Through fostering better communication, we will empower the ill, aged, caregivers, surrogates and medical providers to navigate this life phase with confidence and dignity.

Life Matters Media’s Values

  • All individuals should have the ability to participate in decisions that affect their destinies.
  • Multiple and varied voices create a richer and more productive marketplace for the exchange of information.
  • A broad range of choices surrounding end of life issues exists. These choices should be considered carefully.
  • Neutral platforms are best to explore this journey and bring end of life issues to the forefront in a reflective forum.

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Co-Founder Randi Belisomo visited the Steve Cochran Show and spoke about caring for aging loved ones. 

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Randi Belisomo spoke about the importance of plannng for the end of life with Sheila Liaugminas, host of A Closer Look. 

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Randi Belisomo and Loyola Bioethics Institute's Mark Kuczewski Discuss Study Findings Regarding Medical Students' Concerns about Becoming Desensitized to Dying Patients

"End of Life Care in a Changing Health Care Environment: The Impact of the Affordable Care Act and Accountable Care Organizations" was presented to a live audience gathered at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management on November 13th.

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08/26/2014 - Nursing Homes Ranked As Worst Place For End Of Life Care

Patients and caregivers have ranked nursing homes to be the worst settings for end of life care, according to new findings from the…

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08/20/2014 - Study Examining For-Profit Hospices Divides Experts

A recent study suggesting some newer for-profit hospice programs have accepted patients too early and discharged others when the costs of caring for…

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